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When Earth Day started 45 years ago, it wasn’t a federal holiday yet. But 21 million people concerned for our environment took part. Air pollution was only one of many concerns about the damage we were doing to our earth.

For some people, concern for the environment was sparked long before the first Earth Day celebration. It was 1979 when at age 16 when Jadav “Molai” Payeng noticed that a flood had washed ashore many snakes who died in the heat without tree cover.

Pained by this sight, Payeng approached the forest department about planting trees, but they said it couldn’t be done. Unconvinced, he began his life-long campaign of burying seeds near his home in Northern India. Now at age 52, Payeng can look out over his 1360 acre lush ecosytem, the Molai Woods, that now protects birds, deer, rhinos, tigers and elephants. Hear his story in the following video.

 

We still celebrate Earth Day in ever expanding ways that help the earth but also make us happier with our lives.
In the video below learn about the impact of urban green spaces on our well-being.

 

You don’t have to live in faraway places or plant a florit to make positive change in the world. When Ron Finley grew weary of having his neighborhood in South Los Angeles being defined by fast food places and  liquor stores, he built gardens on traffic meridians and abandoned lots. Listen to his TED talk.

 

There are endless ways you can help save the environment. Until you’re ready to plant a forest, throw out your TV or make your wedding dress out of bread bag clips.

Some of things you can do won’t dirty your hands or involve an insect diet.The idea is to make “green” a way of life and not just a once-a-year celebration.

Here are loads of ideas some of which are small and easy ways to get started.

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What do you do on a daily basis for the Earth ? Have you simplified or decluttered your life lately? What new ideas did you get from the ones shared here?

Article box by Flora Morris Brown

Comments

  1. Thanks for all of these great ideas and the background on Earth Day. The videos are inspiring! Our poor earth is struggling to serve us all and being mistreated. It is time that we pay more attention and make adjustments to our lifestyles to keep it alive. I hear people say that since they don’t see others making changes, whatever they did would not make a difference. What if all the thousands of people who feel the same way did make a change? Now, that would make an impact. Regardless of what others do, we get to make a choice from our heart about what feels right. And, doing the right thing always feels good..
    Linda Luke recently posted..Where to Begin When You Feel Challenged in Multiple Areas of Your LifeMy Profile

    • Linda,

      You’re absolutely right. We must each do the right thing, and eventually others will feel inspired to join in.

      Thanks for stopping by to enjoy the videos and other info.

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